Saturday Night Updates

9 Aug

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Carl Pavano sure made the Twins brass look smart, if only for one day and one start. On Saturday, Pavano recorded his 10th win of the year with seven shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up just five hits, walked none and struck out five. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA against the Detroit Tigers on the season. One night after one of the more frustrating losses of the season, Pavano not only beat Justin Verlander, but he seemingly restored hope among Twins fans. My observation from watching Pavano was that nothing he threw was straight. His fastball has great movement, and his offspeed pitches really darted.

Pavano came to the mound in the top of the 1st inning with a 2-0 lead thanks to a long, opposite field home run by Joe Mauer. It was his 20th of the season. Mauer was 2-4 with a walk and is now hitting .366 with 66 RBI. However, the story on offense was Denard Span. After going 4-6 on Friday night, Span was 5-5 in this game. He raised his average from .284 to .300 in just two games! Although all nine Twins hitters had at least one hit, the only other with more than one hit was Jason Kubel, who was 2-5 with his 24th double. Orlando Cabrera raised his hitting streak to 17 games with an 8th inning triple.

The teams will play the series finale this afternoon, Scott Baker will start against the Tigers’ Jarrod Washburn.


Saturday – Hitter of the Day – Angel Morales, Beloit Snappers – Brian Dozier, Elizabethton Twins

Saturday – Pitcher of the Day – Dan Osterbrock, Beloit Snappers


Saturday –Rochester 3, Louisville 2 – Philip Humber won his sixth game of the season with seven strong innings. He gave up just two unearned runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out five. Juan Morillo walked two and struck out two in one scoreless inning. Rob Delaney struck out two in a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Brian Buscher went 2-3. Steve Tolleson was 1-3 with a walk and his 15th double. The Red Wings had just five hits.  


Saturday – New Britain 7, Akron 11 – Deolis Guerra had another rough start. In just 3.1 innings, he gave up eight runs on eight hits (two of them HR). He walked one and struck out two. Jay Rainville returned to the roster and gave up a run on five hits in 1.2 innings. Kyle Waldrop gave up two hits in two shutout innings. Spencer Steedley then gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Brandon Roberts went 2-5 with his 16th double and 14th stolen base. Toby Gardenhire pinch hit for Mark Grudzielanek in the 7th inning and drove in two runs with his eighth double. Gardenhire went 2-2 while Grudzielanek went 2-2. Rene Tosoni hit his 12th home run.   


Saturday – Ft. Myers 8, Sarasota 7 (13 innings) Joe Benson doubles in Ben Revere with two outs in the bottom of the 13th to end this game. Evan Bigley led the offense. He went 3-6 with his 18th double and three RBI. Chris Parmelee went 2-6 with his 23rd double. Tyler Robertson started and gave up four runs (2 earned) on six hits. He walked none and struck out five. Joe Testa struck out five in two shutout innings. Loek Van Mil blew the save by giving up three runs on four hits and a walk in one inning. Blair Erickson threw two shutout innings. Michael Allen struck out two in his two shutout innings.   


Saturday – Game 1 – Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 6 Angel Morales went 2-3 with his 16th double. Dominic de La Osa hit his first homer of the year. Dan Berlind went all six innings in this game. He gave up six runs (5 earned) on six hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Saturday – Game 1 – Beloit 10, Cedar Rapids 2 Dan Osterbrock put together his best start of the season, by far. The lefty gave up two runs on five hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out 11 for his fifth win. Kyle Carr struck out four in two scoreless innings. Angel Morales was busy in this game too. He was 2-2 and was also hit by a pitch. He hit his 17th double, his 11th home run, drove in three runs and stole his 12th base. Danny Rams went 3-4 with his eighth and ninth doubles.   


Saturday – Elizabethton 7, Bluefield 3 Brian Dozier went 4-4 with a walk and his ninth and tenth doubles. Chris Herrmann went 2-4 with a walk and his sixth homer. Michael Gonzalez went 2-4. Angelo Sanchez improved to 4-1 with three runs over five innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out six. Matt Tone got the save by throwing the final four innings. He only allowed one base runner, on a walk. He struck out six.


Saturday – GCL Twins 4, GCL Orioles 5 Jhon Garcia gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out three. Nelvin Fuentes gave up two unearned runs on three hits. Jean Mijares walked two in a scoreless inning. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-4 with his third homer. Brian Bistagne went 2-4 with his second double. Nick Lockwood was 2-5 with two RBI. Wilson Ramos was 1-3 in the game with a triple.  

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